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Lions Gate Bows 'Ultimate Avengers'

21 Nov, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

A year and a half after it was first announced, a deal between Lions Gate Entertainment and Marvel Enterprises to create animated feature films based on comic-book characters finally is coming to fruition.

The two companies Monday announced the Feb. 21, 2006 direct-to-video release of Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, which will be released simultaneously on DVD and on UMD for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). Prebook date is Jan. 24.

The film is based on the best-selling Marvel Comics series “The Ultimates” and will feature a litany of popular Marvel characters, including Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.

The run time is 72 minutes; a rating has not yet been obtained, but Lions Gate is shooting for a ‘PG' or ‘PG-13.' Special features on the DVD include a documentary on the making of the film and on the quest for suitable voice talent; a DVD-ROM game; a preview of the sequel and a trivia track.

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